Review: Sarah Lynch's A Fine Profession

A Review

This is not a first novel for Sarah Lynch. As Koobug subscribers will know she has previously written a trilogy about a future world. A Fine Profession is a complete departure. It is, in one sense, erotica, but in truth there is much more to this book.

On a primary level it is a tale of how a young woman, Charlotte, deals with infirmity and consequent low self esteem; how she develops and turns into a discrete sexual tease and instructor who, inevitably, falls in love with one of her clients.

On a more sophisticated level the book weaves a strong story around Charlotte, chronicling how a childhood cancer affects her. As we discover, her illness dictates her life, and defines the sexual woman she becomes: tempered by a core of vulnerability. 

A Fine Profession explores her relationship with important people in her life. The narrative reveals a number of twists and turns. Suffice to say it would be a good story on its own. The sexual element of the book is an added dimension. It enables the author to explore betrayal, exploitation and infidelity in a different context.

 The evolution of the plot is imaginative and excites the interest of the reader with a mysterious nocturnal opening, set in a run down mansion. The first few pages introduce us to a private detective, a chambermaid and the mysterious Miss Lottie.  The structure of the book is intelligently drawn and lures the reader to uncover the secrets within.

A Fine Profession has already been labelled as chick-lit and erotica elsewhere. In Koobug’s critique we consider neither does it justice. It is not a fluffy or vapid chick lit novel. There is much more to it than a titillating read. The scenes of a sexual nature are clearly integral to the way the story evolves. They are well written and crafted, remaining (just) on the right side of the erotic/pornographic line. (It is definitely a book for the 18+ readerships and will not appeal to those who dislike sexually explicit images and language)

This Koobug review closes with Sarah Lynch’s own description of A Fine Profession as an erotic novel. Read it and judge for yourself.

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